What does harsh mean?

Definitions for harsh
hɑrʃharsh

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harsh, rough(adj)

    unpleasantly stern

    "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"; "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"

  2. harsh(adj)

    disagreeable to the senses

    "the harsh cry of a blue jay"; "harsh cognac"; "the harsh white light makes you screw up your eyes"; "harsh irritating smoke filled the hallway"

  3. coarse, harsh(adj)

    of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles

    "coarse meal"; "coarse sand"; "a coarse weave"

  4. harsh, rough(adj)

    unkind or cruel or uncivil

    "had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"; "a rough answer"

  5. harsh(adj)

    severe

    "a harsh penalty"

  6. harsh, abrasive(adj)

    sharply disagreeable; rigorous

    "the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character"

Wiktionary

  1. harsh(Verb)

    To negatively criticize.

    Quit harshing me already, I said that I was sorry!

  2. harsh(Verb)

    to put a damper on (a mood).

    Dude, you're harshing my buzz.

  3. harsh(Adjective)

    Unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses.

  4. harsh(Adjective)

    Severe or cruel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harsh(adj)

    rough; disagreeable; grating

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

  2. Harsh(adj)

    disagreeable to the touch

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

  3. Harsh(adj)

    disagreeable to the taste

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

  4. Harsh(adj)

    disagreeable to the ear

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

  5. Harsh(adj)

    unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

  6. Harsh(adj)

    having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Harsh

    härsh, adj. rough: bitter: jarring: abusive: severe: unkind.—v.t. Harsh′en, to render harsh.—adv. Harsh′ly.—n. Harsh′ness. [M. E. harsk, a northern word; cf. Sw. härsk and Dan. harsk, rancid, Ger. harsch, hard.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'harsh' in Adjectives Frequency: #687

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harsh in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harsh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of harsh in a Sentence

  1. Marcus Aurelius:

    [Treat] unenlightened souls with sympathy and indulgence, remembering that they are ignorant or mistaken about what’s most important. Never be harsh, remember Plato’s dictum: ‘Every soul is deprived of the truth against its will.’

  2. Marco Rubio:

    Congress and the White House should work together to hold the Bashar Assad regime accountable for its war crimes and impose harsh sanctions against its enablers.

  3. Mahabharata:

    A wound inflicted by arrows heals, a wood cut down by an axe grows, but harsh words are hateful?a wound inflicted by them does not heal. Arrows of different sorts can be extracted from the body, but a word-dart cannot be drawn out, for it is seated in the heart.

  4. Caroline Gluck:

    While it is understandable that families want to return as early as possible, and many face harsh conditions in the camps, it is important to ensure conditions are in place for that return to take place in safety and to be sustainable.

  5. Rodrigo Janot:

    It would be a harsh blow. We would return to a system that allows impunity and endless delays.

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    • A. aculeate
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